Todays message comes from
In Revelation Chapter 2,
John’s hand was used to write a message
to the Ephesian church -
members of the Body of Christ
who lived in Ephesus,
which was near the coast of western Turkey.
Jesus said to John
through the angel of the Lord,
“Write this letter to the angel
of the church in Ephesus.”
We must remember
what was said in Hebrews -
"angels are ministering spirits,
sent forth to minister for them
who shall be heirs of salvation."
Angels help to communicate information
between the Heaven and earth realms.
And by the way, when I just wrote
“Johns hand was used”
I immediately thought of Daniel 5
and the hand that God created
to write on the wall.
Nothing is outside of God’s Will!
Moving on - the writing said,
“This is the message from the one
who holds the seven stars
in his right hand,
the one who walks among
the seven gold lampstands
(Which was Jesus as we already learned
in Revelation Chapter One):
“I know all the things you do.
I have seen your hard work
and your patient endurance.
I know you don’t tolerate evil people.
You have examined the claims
of those who say
they are apostles but are not.
You have discovered they are liars.
You have patiently suffered
for me without quitting.”
Isn't it cool how Jesus sees.
He knows everything!
The Head of the Church knows exactly
what His Body does.
Jesus proceeds -
“But I have this complaint against you.
You don’t love me or each other
as you did at first!
Look how far you have fallen!
Turn back to me
and do the works you did at first.
If you don’t repent, I will come
and remove your lampstand
from its place among the churches.”
You see - the Body of Christ,
also known as the Church
is the true reflection of Christ
in this dark world.
We are His lampstands.
And we are powered by the Holy Spirit.
If we take our eyes off of Christ,
and follow the desires of our flesh,
we lose our illumination.
The church is called to love.
The Body does what the Head of the Church says.
An yet, Jesus “hates” also -
only the deeds, not the vessels.
The next verse says,
“But this is in your favor:
You hate the evil deeds
of the Nicolaitans, just as I do.”
Jesus hates deeds, not people.
He hates certain behaviors,
not the jars of clay that act as His vessels.
The Nicolaitans were a people
who twisted the truth
and encouraged each other
to eat things offered to idols.
The Nicolaitans were false teachers.
Their teaching perverted grace
and they replaced liberty with license.
“They abandoned themselves
to pleasure like goats (not sheep)
leading a life of self-indulgence.”
The deeds of the Nicolaitans
were an abomination to God.
They took His concept of love and made it human!
They twisted God’s truth by forming
their own version of love.
It was, and it still is, an abomination.
I am reminded
of what Jesus said in Matthew,
“So if your hand or foot causes you to sin,
cut it off and throw it away.
It’s better to enter eternal life
with only one hand or one foot
than to be thrown into eternal fire
with both of your hands and feet.
And if your eye causes you to sin,
gouge it out and throw it away.
It’s better to enter eternal life
with only one eye
than to have two eyes
and be thrown into the fire of hell.”
I see tons of Nicolaitans today.
Christians who have twisted
God’s central doctrine.
Christians who are progressive.
Christians who have determined
what universal love is.
Those who reflect the Light are to hate evil deeds,
as Christ did.
But we are called to love the vessels
by being illuminated on the lampstand.
Then Jesus said,
“Anyone with ears to hear
must listen to the Spirit
and understand what he is saying
to the churches.”
Father God, I hear you.
Thank you for making clear your message.
May these words be a true illumination.
I believe I understand your message
that was given to the angel
of the Church of Ephesus.
Thank you for this ministering spirit
who continues to do your will,
and make your message known.
I receive your Spirit -
both in true and in love.
“To everyone who is victorious
I will give fruit from the tree of life
in the paradise of God.”
Father, I am hungry for Your Word,
and I look forward to my reward in Heaven.